Managing Chronic Dry Eye: Long-term Benefits of IPL Treatment

Chronic dry eye can make your life miserable. Your eyes feel like sandpaper, you cannot focus on anything, and you dread putting on contact lenses. You also worry about getting eye infections or losing your vision. 


One of the main culprits behind dry eye syndrome is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This is when the tiny oil factories in your eyelids go on strike and stop making enough oil for your tears. Without enough oil, your tears dry up faster than a desert, leaving your eyes exposed and irritated. 


You probably tried everything to soothe your dry eyes, from artificial tears to warm compresses to eyelid scrubs. But nothing seems to work for long or at all. It would help if you had something more effective and lasting. You need IPL treatment. 


IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It is a noninvasive treatment that addresses the root causes of dry eye with gentle pulses of light. Here are some of the long-term benefits of IPL treatment for dry eye.



Reduced Inflammation and Bacterial Growth


IPL treatment targets the skin around your eyes, where inflammation and bacterial growth can contribute to dry eyes. The light pulses help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria that can cause infections or irritate your eyes. By treating the root cause of dry eye, IPL can improve your eye health and comfort.



Improved Meibomian Gland Function



IPL treatment helps improve the function of your meibomian glands. The light pulses melt the oil or debris blocking the glands, stimulating them to produce more oil for your tears. This helps restore the balance and quality of your tear film, which protects and lubricates your eyes.



Better Vision Quality



IPL treatment can improve your vision quality by reducing dry eye symptoms. You may notice less blurriness, glare, or sensitivity to light after IPL treatment. You may also be able to wear contact lenses more comfortably and for more extended periods. IPL can also lessen your chance of experiencing severe eye issues like corneal ulcers or vision loss brought on by dry eye.



Painless and Reversible Treatment


IPL treatment is painless. You do not need surgery or incisions to get this treatment. You simply wear protective goggles and a cooling gel on your skin while your doctor applies the light pulses with a handheld device. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and typically occurs in an optometrist’s office. You may feel some warmth or tingling during the treatment but no pain.


IPL treatment is reversible. If you stop getting IPL treatments, your eyes will gradually return to their original condition. However, most people experience lasting relief from dry eye after IPL treatment. You could need a series of three to five treatments to get the best results. After that, you will need maintenance treatments every six to twelve months to keep your eyes pleasant and healthy.






If you would like to try IPL treatment for dry eye, consult with your optometrist today. They can assess your eye condition and determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. IPL treatment can help you manage chronic dry eye and enjoy better visual quality and comfort.


For more information on IPL treatment, visit Broad View Eye Center at our Berea, Broadview Heights, or Strongsville, Ohio offices. Call (440) 526-7070 or (440) 238-7865 to schedule an appointment today.